The Stinking Truth About Stink Bugs

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Archive For: November 2016

Category Name: pest control

The Stinking Truth About Stink Bugs

It stinks to have any type of pests around your home or business, especially stink bugs. But not everything about stink bugs is bad. In fact, there is a benefit to having them around. Here are 10 truths about stink bugs, including the story behind their common name.

Stink Bugs Do Stink

It’s true. Stink bugs really do stink. When a stink bug is squashed or it feels threatened, it releases a substance with a foul odor that has a chemistry similar to the herb cilantro. Their odor is so strong it will remain in a household vacuum cleaner, so don’t use a vacuum to remove the stink bug from inside your home or office.

Control Other Pests

There is a benefit to some stink bugs. They can keep plant pests under control and will eat leaf beetle larvae, caterpillars, and other pests found in a garden.

Fish Don’t Eat Stink Bugs

Fish will eat a wide variety of insects, but they don’t eat stink bugs because of their taste. However, mice, praying mantises, and daddy long-leg spiders all eat stink bugs.

Stink Bugs Don’t Hurt

Unlike some pests, stink bugs do not hurt humans. They do not bite and don’t have a stinger but their exoskeleton can cause dermatitis when it makes human contact. They are also known for damaging crops.

Attracted to Yellow

Stink bugs like the color yellow. A good trick to keep the stink bugs away from your property is to put a yellow plant far from entrances to attract the stink bugs and keep them away from you.

Like to Be Close

Stink bugs like to stick together in groups, similar to ants and termites. If you see one stink bug, odds are you will see others nearby.

Short History in the U.S.

Stink bugs are becoming more common and have only been in the U.S. since the 1990s. Stink bugs are native to the regions of China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

Found in Almost Every U.S. State

It didn’t take long for stink bugs to spread across the U.S. to 43 states and two Canadian provinces. The eastern U.S. has the toughest battle with the bugs causing severe problems in the agricultural industry.

Stink Bug Season

Stink bugs are typically active in March and April, but they reappear in your home during September. If you are enjoying a drink outdoors during stink bug season, be sure to keep your drink covered. Stink bugs will get into your glass and will be tough to spot among ice cubes.

Stink Bugs Are Hard to Kill

Soapy water can be a safe method to trap and dispose of stink bugs indoors, but if there is an infestation the most effective method is to call a pest control professional.

Read more about our green and eco-friendly pest control options and call Pest Management, Inc. today to keep your home or business pest-free.

World Mosquito Day: Protection Against the Deadliest Animal

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Archive For: October 2016

Category Name: pest control

World Mosquito Day: Protection Against the Deadliest Animal

Recently, on August 20, World Mosquito Day was recognized around the globe. It’s a day of commemoration and awareness. The day was established in 1897 because that is when a British media researcher, Sir Donald Ross, discovered that mosquitos were the link to transmitting malaria. Sir Ross received the Nobel Prize for Medicine for this work in 1902. Because of Sir Ross’ research, we now have a better awareness of how mosquitos transmit diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, and Zika.

In recognition of Sir Ross’ discoveries that have changed our understanding of the dangers mosquitos can bring to humans, we are sharing some of our helpful reminders about mosquitos.

Meet the Mosquito

There are about 3,500 species of mosquitoes around the world. It may come as a surprise, but they are the deadliest animals in the world. Mosquitoes threaten half of the world’s population. The most recent concern with mosquito transmission is the Zika virus, especially in pregnant women because it is known to cause birth defects.

According to the World Health Organization, they are responsible for the deaths of approximately 725,000 people worldwide every year. In comparison, sharks are responsible for approximately 10 deaths every year. This is why mosquito control is very important.

Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes

By now, you are likely aware of some of the most common measures to prevent mosquito bites, such as wearing light colored clothing, lighting a citronella candle, and using any type of scented products like lotion in moderation.

If you plan on being outside for a period of time, there are a number of mosquito repellants that have DEET and that are DEET-free that were tested by researchers with the Journal of Insect Science for how well they worked upon application and four hours after application.

Keeping mosquitoes away from your home or business should always be the first line of defense. Remove any standing water, cut back weeds and overgrown brush.

The most rapid mosquito control methods are those administered by trained pest control professionals. Mosquito spraying is quick and efficient and allows you to enjoy routine outdoor activities. Contact our highly trained team at Pest Management, Inc. to discuss treatment needs and options.

Avoiding Mosquitoes and the Zika Virus

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Archive For: August 2016

Category Name: pest control

Mosquito Control Zika VirusThe temperatures across the south remain hot and in some areas, humid. Mosquitoes thrive in this weather and that makes combating the spread of the Zika virus extremely challenging. Zika is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, which are more aggressive biters during the day but will bite at night. Currently, there is not a vaccine or medicine to treat Zika.

Mosquito control is a priority across the southern states as the number of reported Zika virus cases continues to grow.

The Battle of Mosquitoes in the South

Recently, Texas Governor Greg Abbott asked President Barack Obama for millions of dollars in federal funds to combat the Zika virus in Texas. Governor Abbott also took to social media with a creative video using the First Dog of Texas, Pancake, to demonstrate ways to keep mosquitoes away from you and your home. The governor’s request for funding was just days before state health officials announced the first Zika-related death. Texas currently has more than 90 reported cases of the Zika virus.

Here’s how other southern states are affected by the Zika virus:

Louisiana – 19 reported cases

Mississippi – nearly a dozen

Alabama – 15 reported cases

Georgia – 51 reported cases

Florida – 15 reported cases

For more information on Zika in Texas including daily updates on reported cases by county, please visit the Texas Department of State Health Services Zika website.

The best method of protection against the Zika virus is repelling mosquitoes away from you and preventing them from breeding near your home or office.

Mosquito Prevention

There are a number of ways to keep mosquitoes from attracting to you including wearing light colored clothing, limiting fragrances, and wearing insect repellant. It’s possible to control mosquitoes around your property by eliminating standing water, removing piles of leaves and other brush, and cutting tall grass.

The most rapid and effective mosquito control methods are administered by trained pest control professionals. Mosquito spraying is quick and efficient and allows you to enjoy routine outdoor activities. Contact our highly trained team at Pest Management, Inc. to discuss treatment needs and options.

Watch Pest Management, Inc. on “Hotel Impossible”

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Archive For: May 2016

Category Name: pest control

Hotel ImpossibleWant proof of how Pest Management, Inc.’s expert services can help businesses thrive? Tune into the newest episode of Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible” to witness it firsthand. We are thrilled to be featured on the episode as a team of professionals called in to help a local hotel.

On “Hotel Impossible,” host Anthony Melchiorri and team work to revitalize hotels around the country, addressing issues (including pest control problems) and helping the hotels find new levels of success. On the new episode, which airs May 23, the expert team at Pest Management, Inc. provides a host of services to help the establishment please customers and flourish.

Our team first provides bed bug detection services with the help of our highly trained bed bug dogs. When the insects are discovered by our canine team, we provide bed bug heat treatment to completely wipe out the bed bugs without the use of harsh chemicals. We also provide detailed antimicrobial services that help keep the hotel sparkling clean – an important step in keeping guests satisfied.

We are proud to be featured on the show, and proud of the work we do to help hospitality businesses – and businesses across many industries – thrive. Pests can cause problems for every kind of organization, and they can quickly ruin a customer’s experience. Our expert services have been helping companies solve pest problems for years, and our consulting services and Integrated Pest Management plans can help prevent pest control issues before they ever become a problem.

Tune in to the Travel Channel on May 23 to see the team from Pest Management, Inc. doing what we do best on “Hotel Impossible.” And if your business or home needs pest control services of any type, contact our skilled team today.

The Buzz on Identifying Bees, Wasps & Hornets

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Archive For: October 2015

Category Name: pest control

Bees2Have you been hearing the buzz of flying insects around your home? Perhaps you’ve spotted a nests, or have unfortunately fallen victim to a painful sting?

Flying, stinging insects are not just an annoyance – they can be downright dangerous, especially for people who are allergic to their stings.

It can be difficult to tell the difference between bees, wasps, hornets, and other flying bugs, but identifying them can provide information on their behavior and the level of threat they pose.

Carpenter Bees
Carpenter bees look a lot like the classic black and yellow fuzzy bumble bee, but have a bare and shiny abdomen. Unlike many other types of bees and wasps, carpenter bees don’t live in nests, but instead bore into wood to make homes. Because of this, carpenter bees can cause serious damage to property and wood structures.

Wasps
Wasps are smoother and less hairy than bees, and are often brownish in color with yellow or red markings. Some common wasps make umbrella-shaped nests that hang from trees, porch ceilings, or railings. These wasps are usually not aggressive, unless their nest is disrupted. When they do sting, they can do so repeatedly, without losing their stinger.

Hornets
Hornets tend to be mostly black, with white markings. They use chewed wood to make their large nests, which may hang from trees, overhangs or utility poles. Hornets will also act aggressively if their nest is disturbed, and have notoriously painful stings.

No matter what kind of stinging insect you think you have on your property, it is never wise to try and remove them without the help of a certified pest control professional. Attempting to remove or destroy nests can result in serious medical emergencies as bugs swarm to protect their home.

The experienced team at Pest Management, Inc. can help identify, assess and eliminate any carpenter bee, wasp & hornet control problems you might have.